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What is moderating?

What is moderating?


ReachOut forums are staffed by trained moderators with experience in mental health. We have a team of staff, and volunteer moderators with lived experience and training in providing peer support. We don’t provide one to one counselling or clinical support, but we take a strengths based approach to helping to support forum members, keep the community safe and thriving,  and encourage safe discussions around mental health, wellbeing and self care.


We do have responsibilities as mandatory reporters if a young person is at risk of harm, and you can read more about that here


A strengths-based approach focuses on people’s internal strengths, resourcefulness and building resilience and coping skills.  We encourage people to seek professional help when needed, and encourage people to build their own toolkit of coping skills and strategies for when things are tough. 


Emotional healing: Signs that you are on the right path


Moderators can’t always respond to every post, but we do monitor all posts for safety. If someone is in crisis, we may ask them to step off the forums and seek crisis supports. 


Peer support is at the heart of the forums - we encourage the sharing of lived experience , and our community is based on the values of courage, compassion, generosity, inclusiveness, responsibility and fun - you can read more about that here


There’s a lot of different definitions of peer support, but this quote really sums up the heart of it - 

Peer work does something unique and valuable - it harnesses the lived experience of mental ill-health and recovery to support others and foster hope.


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A lot of our forum members have been through tough times, and show a huge amount of generosity and compassion in sharing what’s helped them through. Peer support doesn’t have to be super complicated - sometimes just letting someone know that you hear them, or sharing a kind word, can make a massive difference. 


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Check out our community activities calendar for August 2020 here